Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Lindsay!

Our dearest Lindsay on your 1st birthday:

You are simply amazing. You have been through so many things that I don't even know where to begin. But, what I do know is that you are the absolute strongest little person that your daddy and I know and we couldn't be more proud of you. Just one week ago we got the best news that we could have ever hoped for for you........your "Gift of Life". Since then, you have been ready to get out of that hospital bed and start living your life as every one year old should. Our wish for you on your 1st birthday is that you can have a wonderful quality of life now with that brand new angel heart. We were very uncertain what the future held as we waited almost 6 1/2 months for the very best thing in your life to happen, but God knew and gave us the strength to stick it out and gave you the health to be able to accept this new heart. HE has big plans for you princess, and although we questioned that sometimes, we now know that that is true! Please know that there are thousands of people that pray, and will continue to pray, for you everyday. Your angel heart is very special and we pray that your body accepts it for a long time. The child that gave this special gift to you, and us, will continue living through you. So, be good to it. We love you precious babydoll and hope to have many, many, many more birthdays to celebrate.
WHOLE heart hugs and love,
Mommy and Daddy

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Princess Lindsay!

Karen
cincymomof4

Alicia W. said...

Happy Birthday sweet, beautiful Lindsay!

Anonymous said...

Lindsay, you are one tough little Princess. Soon you will be home and giving those brothers of yours a run for their money.

Have a wonderful, wonderful 1st Birthday.

Still praying everyday in Toronto and won't stop anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Princess Lindsay!!! You could not ask for a better birthday gift. You don't know me but you and your family have been in our prayers as we follow your blog from Hudsonville, MI. Keep getting stronger every day so you can go home with your family and live a happy long life. God Bless you little Princess!!!! Love Finnie's

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness....Tears and more Tears!

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!!!!!! I know you'll do your angel heart good. You are a princess after all!

Love to all of you! Thanks for letting me share in your journey.

MixedNuts said...

Happy Birthday Princess Lindsay!!!!!

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday baby girl!
the Deubners

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!!!!!!
She's such a sweetheart.
I'm so glad she's healthy, and her hearts perfect.

-Hunter Avery Jess Mike and the soon to be Casey

Twice Blessed said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!

The Simmons Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!!! There are big plans in store for you princess. We're praying that you recovery quickly and go home! :)

Andrea

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st birthday Princess Lindsay! We pray for many,many more!!!
Sandy Sellers and Family

Courtney said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS LINDSAY! God does have big plans for you. continue to get stronger and get home soon.
Courtney

The Carrolls said...

Happy Birthday to a gorgeous princess!

Prayers from Alabama!

Elaine said...

Dear Lindsay,

Last year at this time we all marvelled at how perfect you looked and could hardly believe you only had half a heart and needed surgery...you were such a perfectly beautiful newborn. I still remember the first time I walked around your living room with you on my chest, patting your back, like grandmas do with ALL tiny babies, to soothe you...your little heart was working so hard.

And now, precious girl...you are one year old...the most adored one year old in the world, I think!! It seems so perfect that on your first birthday you have a new WHOLE angel heart that is working so well and with so much ease. There just aren't words to describe how thankful we are that your first birthday gift brought you that new heart and that a stranger's sacrifice gave that to you. No matter what the rest of us give you today, we can't compete!!

And now...we want you to have a wonderful, happy, carefree life...just like ANY other little girl. We just want you to have "normal". We want you to grow up, learn all kinds of wonderful things and watch you play in the backyard with your brothers. We want you to go to kindergarten, graduate from high school and college and dance at your wedding. And someday, when you have your own baby, you will really understand how it is possible to love a child so much it hurts. Because we all do...we love you so much we can't find words for it.

So Happy Birthday, Princess. There are hundreds of mommies and daddies and grandmas and grandpas and friends out here in the world who will always love you and pray for you and be in your life who share a bond that started with that tiny newborn who needed a gift to live a long life...and like the perfect ending to a fairy tale, you got that gift. We thank God and that wonderful family for that miracle.

We love you so, Elaine and Bill

Rachel Dominguez said...

Happy Birthday Princess Lindsay!

Jenni Black said...

Happy Birthday! What an amazing gift you are and what an amazing gift you received! We love you! Have a WONDERFUL day!

Heart hugs,
Jenni, Eric, Joshua and Ali Black

Elaine said...

Suzie and JR...no I am not going to write another long letter to you!! You know how we feel!

We just want to let you know that we are donating to Team Taylor in honor of Lindsay's birthday...we chose it because we know how much Taylor and her family mean to you.

Have a wonderful, happy and thankful first birthday with you precious Lindsay,

Love, Elaine and Bill

Tiffany Lockette said...

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY PRINCESS LINDSAY. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOUR RECOVERY AND HEALTH.

GarretJulie said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay~
We hope you have the best 1st birthday. Praying for you daily.
With much love and prayers,
Julie Houston

Darrick Gregory said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!

Lacey said...

happy happy first birthday Lindsay. So much to celebrate on this great day.

Everyday Mom Designs said...

Happy Birthday little girl!

Lauren said...

Happy 1st Birthday Princess Lindsay!!! Hope you have a great day!!! Thinking about you and praying!!!

Melanie said...

Happy 1st Birthday Princess Lindsay!!!

You share the same birthday as my nephew Gavin. He is 1 today also. Prayers always going up for you from Waverly, Ohio!

Anonymous said...

Happy First Birthday Lindsay! I work with your Great Aunt Debbie in San Diego and want you to know we think and talk about you every day! I can tell you are surrounded by so much love by those you know. I just wanted you to know that you're also loved and thought of often by those you don't! You're an inspiration!
Happy Birthday
Lisa Vaughan, S.D., CA

Anonymous said...

Special Happy Birthday wishes to Lindsay and HI! to Suzie and Linda!

My mom passed away on June 5th, so I thought it was very appropriate that Lindsay had a new chance at life on that day!

I can see Margaret and Carrol smiling down!

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to a very special little girl and good wishes for many, many more!

Cousin Nancy

Olivia (CA) said...

Happy 1st Birthday precious Lindsay! We pray that your day is as beautiful and wonderful as you are!

Dani, ian and brooke said...

Happy Birthday sweet princess Lindsay! Have a wonderful day! We miss you like crazy! I hope you are able to wear the pretty princess birthday dress!

love dani, ian and Brooke

Amanda Groulx said...

Happy happy happy happy happy birthday!! We love you!

Love,
Amanda, Ryan, Sonora, Maizy, and Owen

Anonymous said...

What a special day! Happy Birthday Princess! Carson sends extra kisses!

Love the Leonard's

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday Princess! You inspire all of us!! :)

Love, The Martin Family

Anonymous said...

P.S.

I should have said I thought it was appropriate that Lindsay had a new chance at life on the same date my mom passed away, not day, since she's been gone for 11 years now.

Anyhow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!

Cousin Nancy

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS LINDSAY!!!!
Miguel your heart brother and family.

Anonymous said...

Happy happy birthday Lindsay...what an inspiration you are to so many!

~Stephanie and Braeden(HLHS)

Katie said...

Oh, sweet little Lindsay!!! What a special day this is for you and your family. We have so enjoyed witnessing one of God's miracles through you...what a blessing you are to so many! The strength and courage you've shown this past year has been amazing.

Lots of heart hugs and love to you on this most special day. Happy First Birthday to a very dear Heart Sister!!!
Love,
The Allred's
Bryan, Katie, Jace, Cade & Maddie

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Princess Lindsay!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading here for a while now but never comment.

Happy Birthday Princess Lindsay!!!
Thinking about you and praying.

Have a wonderful day.

DS from NJ

j.c. said...

Congrats to Lindsay and happy birthday!!!

I've been following your blog after reading about you in the Gazette some time ago. Lindsay's story is truly amazing!!

I wonder if when you have time you can blog about what the next steps are for Lindsay to get you out of the hospital and home. You mentioned a biopsy at 2 weeks post transplant. If that goes well is she pretty much out of the woods?

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Happy Birthday Princess!!!!!!

Grandma~rella said...

Happy 1st Birthday...Princess Lindsay!! <{:) <~See my party hat? What a miraculous day, sweet baby girl! Our God is so GREAT! Have a fun-filled time on your special day...this G'Ma is praying for a complete healing and that you will be home very soon! (((HUGS)))
G'Ma~rella

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay!! Ron and I just want you to know how blessed we are to share our birthday with you!! We are excited about how well you are doing and that soon you will be back home!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday! love, Ron & Sue

Alyson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beautiful Lindsay!!!

kayla dean said...

Happy 1st Birthday Lindsay!!!

Or Happy "re-birthday" with that brand new angel heart!!! You are such a strong little girl to be able to wait for that angel heart!!!

Kayla Dean & Family

Maggie Geiger said...

Sweet baby Lindsay, Happy Birthday to you! We hope that you have the wonderful birthday you deserve, we already know that you received the BEST present. My kiddos Alli & Ben continue to pray for you every night, they can not hardly wait to meet you!

Love,
Dan,Maggie,Ben,& Alli Geiger

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Princess Lindsay!

Cindy & Steve Roe
Galesburg, Michigan

Trisha said...

Happy Happy Birthday Lindsay!! You are a true princesss!! We all love you so much. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Princess!!

I dont think anyone will ever win the argument about who had the best first birthday against you!! You are one amazing, beautiful, strong, happy, wonderful little girl and I CANNOT WAIT to watch you grow up. So glad to have you in our family, you are a blessing!!
<3 love always
~Cousin Erin

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay! You have shown us some amazing strength this first year. Your Mom and Dad were very strong too. And your brothers can't wait for you to come home.

Love Brian, Tricia, and Anthony Shaff

PinkPoodleBoutique said...

What a doll!What more of an amazing gift to recieve for her birthday than the gift of a healthy heart for a beautiful little girl!Happy Birthday sweet Lindsay!!! Andy many many more!! I am continuing to remember you in my prayers!

Cara Winter said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
We can't wait to meet you, dearest Lindsay. Our hearts are beating furiously, right along with yours.......

Love,
Cara, Warren & Avery Winter

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!
FROM THE STAFF AT NATIONAL CITY BANK IN PARCHMENT

Jen Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Lindsay!

I know you have many angels watching over you, but I know your Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Lindsay are high ranking angels who are working over time watching over you.

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st birthday Princess Lindsay... The first of many wonderful birthday's to come.

Continued Prayers
The Merrills

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Princess lindsay.. Hope you had an epecially wonderful day,and that your mummy and daddy have enjoyed this day with you.
its So wonderful to hear that lindsay is doing so well after recieving her "new heart" and that she is able to celebrate this special day out of the ICU, making such wonderful progress. As the song says she is AMAZING..happy birthday precious girl........

Love and prayers from Jo and family from Australia

Danielle @ Living Out Loud said...

Happy Birthday "Baby Lindsay"! I hope you received your birthday package... I didn't know when I wrote your birthday message that you would be enjoying your new heart on your birthday... what an unexpected blessing and miraculous witness to the power of prayer! We love you from afar and hope that you will soon be in your home, reunited with your family, LIVING your life to the fullest! Much love to our "baby Lindsay"!

Mindee said...

A very Happy Birthday, Miss Lindsay!! We are so pleased that things are going so well with you and your family! We will always include you in our prayers!

Love to you and your family!!
The Seegers

Kandi Butcher said...

Happy Birthday.. You are one of God's many miracles!! I just came from Brittney's softball game ..Little did we expect to see her playing softball this summer!! On the 16 @ midnight (according to our pop princess) she will celebrate having her new heart for 6 months!! With 0 rejection on all of her biopsys <3 I am so happy for you all. This is the best birthday present any one could ever have! Stay strong and believe. You are in my prayers. Kandi Butcher

Evie's Story said...

Goosebumps and brimming tears. Precious birthday blessing post Suzie! You, the momma of the birthday girl, are close on my heart. I KNOW what a huge milestone this represents and how emotional you must feel today. Wishing I could wrap my arms around you. Kiss the princess for us. And we are going to hold you to that promise of a road trip when the little diva is up to it. Can't wait to see your miracle live and in color and have our little sweethearts play. Happy, happy birthday precious Lindsay!!!

The Mason Family said...

Happy 1st Birthday Princess Lindsay! We are so happy that you have so much to celebrate on this very special day. Prayers continue for a speedy recovery so that you can go HOME and live as a family under one roof again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Love,
The Mason Family
Mike, Shannon, Caiteyn and your "heart sister" Carlie

Anonymous said...

366 but who's counting! Love Aunt Retta and Mary

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What a journey you have been through! Keep getting stronger so you can go home soon.

Shannan said...

I have followed your family journey in the newspapers and was happy to find your blog. As a mother of three children, my thoughts and prayers are constantly with your family and Lindsey. Happy Birthday sweet girl! I hope you continue to get stronger and are able to go home soon!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Still praying for your full and speedy recovery! We've never met you, but you've captured our hearts.
Sending love from UT,
The Baileys

melanieb said...

Elaine,

Loved your sweet letter to Lindsay! You're a good grandma! :) Didn't get through it without a few tears. What an inspirational story. We have a little friend that received an Angel heart when she was 12 and that was 10 years ago! She is doing fabulous and is graduating from college soon.
I will keep praying for Lindsay! :)

Melanie in SD

Megan said...

Happy first birthday Lindsay!!! Parying for a fast recovery!

Anonymous said...

Dear Lindsay, we wish you the very best for your birthday. You are a very special little girl and loved by so many people. Even people who do not know you in person love you and pray for you. Please know that we think of you daily and hope for a speedy recovery and a long and happy life.

Love
the Englmaier's

ShannonLeideker said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY LINDSAY! Madison loves her Mott heart friend!